13 wheelers met on the 13th of October to ride to Bedale. These comprised Graham, Mike, Michael, Gregg, Pete D, Nick, Steve W, Phil, Glynn, Sean, Mark, Bob and yours truly, Steve P.
Graham sensibly split the pack into two groups, an A+ group and an A group.
The group headed in a NNW direction when the Knaresbrough contingent, namely Dennis, boosted the group to an impressive 14. After Scriven, Lingerfield and Farnham the crew entered Minskip and were passed by an impressive Police escort and van.
Boroughbridge passed and then the only ‘almost incident’ of the day…..as the Wheelers entered Rainton and, as usual, took a sharp left after the bridge, a car in the opposite direction nearly took out a couple of wheelers…..hazard learning point for future rides.
Coffee was taken at Melmerby where Sean left for an early bath. Onwards and upwards through West Tanfield and Well then 2 points for the avid historian. Graham pointed out Snape Castle on the hill where, incidentally, Queen Anne lived in the 15th Century. Shortly after the Peleton passed through the delightfully named Thornton Watlass, a village name the author could not resist researching. In fact the Domesday Book records 2 separate villages… Thornton and Watlass, so the integration occurred after 1086, even before some of the Wheelers were born.
Lunch was enjoyed at “The Tandem Cafe” in Bedale though Dennis had to return home before dining.
Burnestone and Kirklington then Melmerby were passed then Cundall and Brafferton before Aldwarke Bridge was crossed and the usual return leg via Cattal and Whixley.
The ride was, thankfully, free from incident and an impressive number of 14 wheelers clocked up approximately a thousand club miles on a mid October, sunny day.